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MLB-AL WILD CARD

Yankees and Red Sox meet at Fenway for wild card game

BOSTON (AP) — The baseball playoffs get under way at Boston’s Fenway Park as the longtime rival Red Sox and New York Yankees face each other in the AL wild-card game. Yankees ace Gerrit Cole is set to start against ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi.

The teams both had their high and low points this year before finishing tied at 92-70. The winner will advance to play another division rival, the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays.

There’s bound to be a lot of nostalgia tonight in Boston as fans reminisce about the 1978 tiebreaker between the Yankees and Red Sox, highlighted by Bucky Dent’s three-run homer in the seventh inning that propelled New York to a 5-4 win. Reggie Jackson, Carl Yastrzemski and other stars played that afternoon, but what everyone remembers is Dent’s flyball over the Green Monster.

MLB-NL WILD CARD

Cardinals and Dodgers prepare for Tuesday game

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers work out on the West Coast, a day before they meet in the NL wild-card game.

It’ll be a marquee matchup: Longtime Cards ace Adam Wainwright against Dodgers midseason acquisition Max Scherzer.

The teams took very different paths to reach the matchup at Dodger Stadium.

Mookie Betts, Justin Turner and the defending World Series champion Dodgers won a whopping 106 times this year, yet still finished second in the NL West, a game behind San Francisco.

Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals were on the outer fringe of the playoff chase until winning a franchise-record 17 straight games in September, putting them into the second wild-card spot.

NFL-JAGUARS-MEYER

Jaguars owner reprimands coach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan has publicly reprimanded Urban Meyer for what he called the coach’s “inexcusable” behavior at an Ohio bar over the weekend.

A video that surfaced Saturday night shows a young woman dancing close to Meyer’s lap as he sits on a bar stool. Another video appears to show Meyer touching the woman’s behind.

Khan says he addressed the matter with Meyer but wouldn’t reveal specifics of the conversation. Meyer apologized Monday to his family, team and Khan. Khan says he believes Meyer’s remorse was sincere and that it’s up to the first-year head coach to “regain our trust and respect.”

NFL-DOLPHINS-BEARS TRADE

AP source: Dolphins send Jakeem Grant to Bears for 2023 pick

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Miami Dolphins have traded wide receiver and returner Jakeem Grant to the Chicago Bears.

Grant is going to the Bears in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2023 draft, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been announced.

Grant had primarily been a returner for the Dolphins this season. He had only two catches for minus-7 yards in the season’s first four games.

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